Sec. of State Wyman’s Replacement Said ‘Yes’ To Voting Rights for Parolees
Wednesday, Nov. 10th, Gov. Jay Inslee named 44th District State Senator Steve Hobbs to fill the seat of the departing Kim Wyman as Secretary of State in WA.
Some of his votes appear to contradict the traditional positions a person would take who comes from a military backround.
Wyman, who in the opinion of many in the GOP was an "R" in name only, is leaving to join the Biden Administration to reportedly help curb domestic and foreign voter interference and fraud.
WHO IS SENATOR HOBBS?
Gov. Inslee released a statement about his appointment saying in part:
"Steve is a dedicated public servant. He has a strong national security perspective from his work in the Army and National Guard. His experience in cyber-security will be crucial as election systems around the country continue to face threats."
He is a former Army vet who served in Kosovo and Iraq and has represented the Lake Stevens District since 2006.
He is a decorated veteran with a lot of cybersecurity experience, however, his voting record appears to contradict Inslee's statements about him. Some of his votes appear to contradict the traditional positions a person would take who comes from a military backround.
According to justfacts.org, a look at his voting record over the last legislative session shows he voted YES on the following bills:
- Expanding the state's task force on social equity
- on creating an environmental justice council
- prohibiting open carry of firearms near the Capitol building in Olympia (bold lettering added for emphasis).
- Creation of Inslee's desired independent council for investigations into allegations of deadly force by law enforcement. (bold lettering added for emphasis).
- And finally, the one bill we found that would apply to his new position, overseeing elections, Hobbs voted YES on granting voting rights to persons on parole following the commission of crimes.
Hobbs will begin his new position as the State's Secretary of State November 22nd, the Sec. of State's chief task is overseeing our elections. Whether he says in the position will be decided in the election of November 2022.
Many GOP officials believe Inslee's appointment of Hobbs ensures a 'rubber stamp' of the Governor's policies and beliefs when it comes to elections and politics in our state.
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